(KPRC) - Before the Brett family had any children, they had Chicken Nugget: A pony with dwarfism.
He stood 25 inches tall and weighed no more than 80 pounds. But for eight years, he was the perfect companion, and larger than life.
"Local celebrity, local favorite, people came and took their pictures with him," Kylee Brett said. "And he would just hang out with us! I'm serious, he would just lay down and watch TV."
Nobody loved Chicken Nugget more than Kylee's 5-year-old daughter, Rylee. At 6 months old, she was already riding him at the rodeo. They did everything together.
Early Wednesday morning, authorities said someone entered the Brett family ranch in Hull, Texas, in Liberty County, and shot Chicken Nugget in the head at close range.